We love hearing feedback from real moms who are willing to share their thoughts on our slings. We've received two medical reviews, a mom blogger review, and a review from a Babywearing Educator. Here's what they all had to say:
Hilary Knippers, MSN, APRN, FNPC -
I have the privilege of being able to wear my baby in a Two Feathers Baby Ring Sling. As a mom, it has given me the opportunity to bond with my baby by having her close to my chest while performing tasks around and outside of the home. As a board-certified family nurse practitioner, I also have the ability to see its benefits from a medical standpoint.
Current guidelines recommend that babies sleep on their back for safety reasons. This has contributed to increased incidence of plagiocephaly (flatheadedness). By carrying my baby in the Two Feathers Baby Ring Sling, I have seen the degree of plagiocephaly is drastically reduced as it allows for my baby to be off of her back for more extended periods of time.
Not only does the Two Feathers Baby Ring Sling provide physical benefits, but it also fosters psychosocial development. The first stage of the renowned psychologist Erik Erikson’s theory of psychosocial stages is “Trust versus Mistrust.” It is when a newborn and young baby has uncertainty of the world around him or her, and relies on the primary caregiver for stability and consistency. I feel that the ring sling allows for the resolution of this stage (which fosters the virtue of Hope), as there is more consistency by the primary caregiver with her young baby.
Another theorist, Maslow, created the theory of the hierarchy of needs. It can be realized that, as long as the baby’s basic physiologic needs are met (food, shelter, warmth, etc.), the Two Feathers Baby Ring Sling helps to contribute to higher levels of the hierarchy as described by Maslow including safety, and love and belongingness. By wearing your baby in the Two Feathers Baby Ring Sling, it can be argued that your baby feels a greater amount of protection and security which meets the second level of the hierarchy; and even more can promote love and belongingness.
It can be realized that the Two Feathers Baby Ring Sling is providing more for my baby that just allowing me to be close to her for extended periods of time. It is comforting to have such a well-made product that is providing my baby with essential and advanced needs required for physical and psychosocial development from the very beginning of her life and beyond.
Jamie Nevarez, Occupational Therapy Assistant
I've tried a few other slings and wraps but Two Feathers is my favorite. The material is very comfortable and breathable. I can carry Ava for hours and my back feels great. I love that it keeps her hips in a good position. No worrying about dangling legs pulling on the joints.
Ava loves being in it when we are out and about. She can see what's going on. She loves looking around!
Sarah, Hot Mess Mommy Blogger
The day that the packages arrived, I immediately looked over the little pamphlets that were included in the box. I was nervous because my child is no longer an infant, but a 23 month old toddler. Luckily, these ring slings go up to 48 months! I took it out of the package and spent a few minutes trying to figure out how to put it on correctly. I realized after the second time that I had the sling over the wrong shoulder and the stitching facing backwards. This is why it’s important to read the directions, but a little trial and error is to be expected before attempting to place your actual child inside it. The first time I put AJ in it, I felt a lot of pressure on the base of my neck and then I realized that I had the rings in the incorrect position and I hadn’t remembered to spread the fabric evenly out over my back. I took her out, made my adjustments and placed her back inside the sling. Overall, figuring it out took me about ten minutes. The first time she was placed in it, AJ told me, “No like, mom. No like.” I took her out, waited a while, and proceeded to try again. After all, she hadn’t been in a sling in a very long time and I knew she wasn’t fond of changes to begin with. This time, I wore her around the house in it for about five minutes while she started to loosen up. Again, I took her out, waited a while and decided that we would try it outside this time. I grabbed both of my girls and we took a long stroll around the neighborhood. Normally my stroller would take up the entire sidewalk, my six year old would insist she could push it and almost veer off into the street or someone's yard, and then when I asked her to stay off to the side, she wouldn’t listen and I would run over her shoes with the stroller. Using the sling made things MUCH simpler. I just placed AJ in (using the toddler positioning) and off we went!
For the first few minutes, AJ clung to me like she was unsure that the sling would hold her, but once she let go, she loved it. She changed her stance on things and said, “Wee mama! I like. I like.” Before long, she was waving her hands and dancing around in the sling. With each person we passed, rather than acting shy and turning into her stroller, she waved to them and shouted “Hi.” Perhaps the comfort of being so close to mom made her feel safe and confident enough to come out of her shell a little bit. Since I wanted to make sure that it wasn’t just the baby who was comfortable in the sling, I opted to go for a nice long walk. After a while, I did need to adjust the rings a little bit, but it was really simple. I only stopped walking for maybe less than a minute and I found later you could adjust them while walking if you felt comfortable enough to do so! Once we got back home and I took the baby off, she was in a good mood and I wasn’t feeling the back pain that I had felt with my other carriers. As she rode more on my hip with my arm resting underneath her helping to support her weight within the carrier, it was much easier on my arm and my back than I’d anticipated. Best of all, the slings themselves are so versatile, I can simply keep it in her diaper bag, my purse, or the trunk of my car for outings and I don’t have to deal with a huge bulky stroller. I particularly like it for when she is feeling under the weather because she gets that snuggly mom feeling and I can still get the things that I need to done throughout the day! Not to mention that because they are washable, if she does happen to get snot or other baby related fluids on it, I don’t have to go through a huge ordeal just to get it cleaned up. That’s the practicality all baby related items should have and I’m sure any parent out there would agree with me!
Now that I have had the sling for a while and used it a few times, I am very confident in its abilities. Of the three slings I have owned, it has by far the sturdiest fabric, the most secure stitching, and it makes the most sense in the durability department as well. Once I realized that the tail of the sling had a deep pocket I could use on my walks, I was sold. We have already taken a few strolls where I simply threw in my wallet, keys, and cell phone and was left with two free hands! (As a parent, I’m sure you know how rare it is with more than one child to actually have a “free” hand at any point in time!) It’s so nice that I don’t have to worry about digging through my pockets or carrying a purse on a walk or lugging around any additional baggage. I can just grab the baby, the sling, throw a few things in, and I’m ready to go! When it comes to baby/toddler wearing, practicality is what it’s all about!
Sarah Hester, Babywearing Educator trained by the Babywearing Institute
- Carrier Type: Ring sling with gathered shoulder and ring sling with pleated shoulder
- Length: 81 inches from shoulder to center of tail
- Width: 26 inches
- Age/size of wrappee: 8 months and 21lbs, 2 years and 28lbs
- Fiber Blend: 100% linen
Pros: Amazing support for bigger babies, the pocket is a generous size and great for storing anything you might need, comfortable shoulder options, the pointed tail is so awesome and will be soft when broken in.
Cons: Will require some breaking in, may not be enough length for a plus size wearer, width may be a bit narrow for toddlers who like fabric to the neck.*
Wrapping qualities: I had the pleasure of testing two Two Feathers Baby Ring Slings. I’m a huge fan of linen ring slings in particular because they breathe well and offer amazing support. I was able to wear my 8-month-old, 21.5 lb baby in this ring sling for more than an hour without any discomfort. Heavy babies are no challenge for the Two Feathers Baby Ring Sling. I did find that the width of the sling was a bit narrow for my 2 year old. She likes to have her arms tucked in and we didn’t quite have enough width to do so.
The pointed tail design on the slings is SO AWESOME! I really like that you don’t have a short tapered rail and that the fabric falls evenly. It also allows the wearer to use the tail to cover while nursing and not have to worry about the short taper. There is a large pocket on the tail of the sling where you can store toys, pacifiers, wallets, keys or just about anything. I was able to throw my wallet and keys in the pocket and not have to lug around a huge bag to run into the store. The pocket may interfere for wearers who are plus size.*
I am typically not a fan of pleated shoulder slings, but I found that the design of the shoulder very comfortable. It’s a bit wider than other pleated shoulders I have used and has a boxy look. The width of the pleats allows the sling to cup the shoulder nicely. The gathered shoulder sling was an absolute dream! I was able to spread the fabric over my shoulder nicely to get great weight distribution. The look of a gathered shoulder is a bit less sleek than the pleated but offers wonderful comfort.
You can tell that the design of the sling has been well thought out. The hems are wide and really allow the wearer to be able to find their rails without searching. The colors that are offered are vibrant and very pretty. I absolutely fell in love with the cardinal red! Linen will always need some breaking in, but I have found that these slings soften up nicely. Wearers may find them a bit hard to adjust before they are broken in. Without much effort, the sling becomes soft and floppy.
Two Feathers Baby Ring Slings would be wonderful for anyone looking for a sling to use from birth to toddlerhood. They are sleek and have wonderful features that set them apart from other linen slings in the same price range.
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Note: Plus size options are now available.
Posted on Mon, April 6, 2015
by Amy Samuel filed under